Friday, March 18, 2011

RV Lifestyle Report: Senior Citizens Take To The Open Road In Search of Lifes Next Adventure

If you're a senior citizen looking for your next adventure, then the RV Lifestyle may be just the ticket for you! There's no better way to fulfill your need for exploration while maintaining all the comforts of home. With such a vast array of prices, styles, and sizes available, figuring out a budget, and which amenities are needs vs. wants is the first step to take. There are Class A, B, and C motorized recreational vehicles, as well as towables, such as fifth wheels, travel trailers, and pop-up campers. If a brand new RV is out of your price range, not to worry! Most dealerships offer many different affordable pre-owned options to chose from.

Remember, that although in most places no special license is required for operating an RV, there are some places with special requirements, so be sure that all potential drivers are up to the task. There are many different RV Driving Schools located across the country, so no matter where you are, you should be able to find one that is convenient for you.

 Just in case you're wondering what exactly the difference is between Class A, Class B, and Class C RV's, we've got the breakdown for you right here. Take a look at these very basic descriptions, and get some help determining which RV is best for you and your next adventure in life:

Class A motor homes are typically 30 to 45 feet in length and can be either gas or diesel powered. These conventional motorhomes are entirely constructed on a specially designed motor vehicle chassis. Home-like amenities abound in motorhomes, but generally they all have kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment centers and centrally controlled heating and air conditioning. Spacious and well-equipped, even the basic models are well-appointed and roomy. For anyone looking for the ultimate in travel luxury and elegance, Type A motorhomes include high-end luxury models with condo-like surroundings and all the bells and whistles of a custom home. They offer the most storage capacity and often include basement storage areas. Slideouts in some models, which move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button, create larger living areas. Many models include multiple slideouts. Any experienced driver can take the wheel. A small vehicle can be towed behind, for short side trips once the motorhome is parked. Or you might prefer to tow a trailer to carry your boat or golf cart. Depending on the floor plan, they can sleep up to eight people and can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000+.

Class B motor homes, also referred to as conversion vans, are built using an automotive manufactured van or panel-truck shells and are the smallest of the motor homes, usually 16 to 22 feet. They also include home-like conveniences such as a bathroom, sleeping, dining and kitchen facilities, and storage. Though the living space is more crowded, Class B motor homes are easier to handle and more versatile and economical than Class A ones. Full stand-up room is achieved by the raised roof and sometimes by the use of dropped floors, for extra head room inside. Typically, they cost $40,000 to $100,000, depending on the features.
Class C motor homes are smaller versions of Class A motor homes, stretching from 21 to 35 feet in length. Type C motorhomes are built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section attached to the original cab section. Amenities are similar to those in the conventional motorhomes. Most recognizable about the Type C motorhome is space over the cab that is often an optional sleeping area. Ample living space includes sleeping, kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities, as well as entertainment systems and storage. Slideouts in some models, which move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button create larger living areas. They can cost $50,000 to $150,000.

Sometimes this information can be overwhelming! Another suggestion is to visit your local dealer and check out the different makes and models for yourself. Most sales people can whittle down the many options to just what you want and need after a short conversation!

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